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Determing Velocity of Moons

I have a question that I believe is relatively easy to answer, I am working on an $N$-body simulation of a fictional star system and am having trouble finding the velocity of moons so that they will ...
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Which timestep should I use for a $N$-body simulation of the Solar system?

I am trying to implement a $N$-body simulation of the Solar system and I am stuck on the issue of the simulation timestep size. At first I would like to use a simple Euler stepping scheme. Knowing ...
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What would Earth have been without the Moon?

Would Earth rotation have been more slowed down because of the tidal effect from the Sun, as seems to be the case with Mercury and Venus? Due to the giant impact hypothesis the angular momentum from ...
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Reference frame, gravitation and kinetic energy

English is not my primary language. I apologize (and would like corrections) if the terms I use are not the right ones. In a geocentric reference frame, the moon rotates around the Earth. So its ...
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As planets orbit around the Sun, does the force of gravity due to the Sun remain constant?

I know that the force of gravity is: $$F = GMm/R^2$$ Where $G$ is gravitational constant, $M$ is mass of sun, $m$ is mass of the orbiting planet and $R$ is the distance between the center of their ...
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Physics Calculation Tool [closed]

I have many images like the following: As many of you may recognise, this is a picture of Jupiter and its four Galilean moons. Using these images, I am aiming to calculate the mass of Jupiter by ...
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What is the zero of potential?

A satellite of mass $m$ is travelling at a speed $v_0$ in a circular orbit of radius $r_0$ around a fixed mass at $O$. Taking the zero of potential at $r=\infty$, show that the total energy of the ...
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Gravitational acceleration of asteroids [closed]

If an asteroid is moving through space at a speed that exceeds escape velocity of the earth and that asteroid is on a collision course with the earth will the asteroid Accelerate as it falls into the ...
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Why doesn't orbital body keep going faster and faster? [duplicate]

If we consider the change in velocity during an infinitesimal interval of an orbit: where body B is orbiting body A, we can see that the magnitude of the resultant vector (the green arrow) is ...
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Why Sun is not able to attract mercury closer?

As sun have a huge amount of attraction pull force , why its not able to pull tiny mercury? Is the whole solar system works in a push and pull network? Why bigger planets like earth, Saturn and ...
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What does “transfer” of angular momentum mean?

The Moon’s gravity produces tidal deformations or “bulges” in the Earth. Because of the Earth’s rotation, the line that goes through the bulges is not aligned with the line between the Earth and the ...
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Keplerian orbits and radial velocities: problem with true anomalies

I am writing a pure Python code to calculate radial velocities of stars with massive objects orbiting them. I am following the formalism from Murray & Correia (2011) (hereafter MC11). In a given ...
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How would I find the velocity of an object after it doesn't fully enter the gravitational pull of a planet and is kind sling shot out of its gravity?

Obviously that question doesn't have a lot of jargon having to do with math and physics. I am not a physicist, I'm not a mathematician, I'm trying to make a game and simulate some physics found in ...
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Earth, Sun and beginner's reference frames

In the post-Newton era, where "absolute space" is not absolute, how is the reference frame in which "the Earth moves round the Sun" accurately defined?
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Energy diagram of a planet with fixed mechanical energy

Consider the following energy diagram for the motion of a planet about a star. The centrifugal potential curve can be represented once I fixed the angular momentum $\vec{L}$ of the planet. To fix the ...
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Celestial bodies trajectories relative to each other and with respect to the CM

In a two bodies $A$ and $B$ system, both under the action of an internal force of interaction $\vec{F}$, the motion of $A$ as seen from $B$, is equivalent to the motion of a single body of mass ...
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Methods for handling close approaches in $N$-body simulations

In direct gravitational $N$-body simulations, what are the preferred methods for handling close approaches between bodies in order to preserve the accuracy of the evolution of the system?
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Can a satellite be put into orbit such that it will always remain directly over a city? [duplicate]

Isn't it possible if we just set it high enough so that it's angular speed matches with the earth's? I think that the city must be on the equator to make this happen. Am I correct? Please can anyone ...
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Can a satellite remain directly over a city?

Is it possible to put an artificial satellite into an orbit in such a way that it will always remain direct over a city (I mean at any specific place)?
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How to learn celestial mechanics?

I'm a PhD student in math and am really excited about celestial mechanics. I was wondering if anyone could give me a roadmap for learning this subject. The amount of information about it on the ...
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Books on Celestial Mechanics [duplicate]

My background is mathematics. I would like to study celestial (not classical) mechanics and looking for an appropriate book. I found that somebody has already asked a similar question "How to learn ...
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Journals which publish articles on Celestial Mehanics [duplicate]

I'm from mathematics and want to study celestial mechanics further. In order to know literature at research level, I would like to know in which journals we can find papers on celestial mechanics. The ...
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Research groups in celestial mechanics [closed]

This Exchange may not be the right place to to ask this question, but I would like to know prominent research groups working in celestial mechanics. Although I'm interested in celestial mechanics, ...
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How to visualize gravity fields? [closed]

I'm creating a tool for intuitively prototyping routes through space. Part of this requires visualizing gravity. This is the formula for working at how much gravity is at a particular location: ...
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Newtonian Gravity Simulator?

Could anyone suggest me a good (and possibly free) Newtonian Gravity Simulator software available on the web, where it might be possible to simulate the Solar System dynamics and playing with it, by ...
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Planetary alignment of the gas giants?

There is this nice and new applet of the orbits of the planets around the sun: Solar System Orrery You can click and drag any planet and watch their relative orbits evolve in time. I was curious ...
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Can the constant $k$ from Kepler's third law be independent of the mass of the planet?

Consider Kepler's third law The square of the orbital period $\tau$ of a planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of its orbit $a$. $\frac{\tau^2}{a^3}=k$ The ...
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How would I calculate celestial body characteristics without a priori knowledge?

Without any a priori knowledge of the mass, speed, distance, and size of local celestial bodies (aside from Earth's size), what can I calculate and how from my "backyard" through observation? Edit: ...
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Semi-major axis , specific mechanical energy, its period and velocity at Apogee and Perigee and what the difference is [closed]

Hi im needing some help with two questions could you please show the formula and the way its solved?Thanks PS:Could you also explain what the difference of velocity and apogee and perigee? 1.)A ...
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Motion under gravitational forces

In a system of particles, can a particle be considered to be attracted to the combined center of mass of the other particles if the Newton's universal law of gravitation is used (the inverse square ...
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How can escape velocity and gravitational potential be higher in weaker gravitational fields?

on Earth we have an escape velocity of about 11180 m/s and a gravitational field of g=9.81 m/s^2. It would seem obvious that the escape velocity was higher for stronger gravitational fields. Often it ...
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Could the Earth-Moon rotation period equal one Earth year?

I just stumbled on this rather confused QA. The point seems to be if the Earth-Moon rotation period was identical to the Earth-year, then ... ... all three would stay in a line at all times. ...
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Orbital period of a satellite in Kerbal Space Program

Let me start off by saying I am really bad at maths and physics, but lately I have been trying to calculate the orbital period of a satellite I have put in orbit around a planet called Kerbin in a ...
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How has the world remained in balance?

In the center of our galaxy, there is a Supermassive black hole. We were told in early astronomy units of school that black holes are giant vacuums that will absorb/consume the area around it. My ...
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Relation between eccentric and true anomalies

If $v$ is the true anomaly and $E$ the eccentric anomaly, how can I show that $$\frac{dv}{dE}=\frac{b}{r}=\frac{\sin v}{\sin E}~?$$
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Can the Earth leave orbit if the population of humans and other live forms increases?

I don't know a lot about physics, but this seemed like the correct place to ask my question. I apologize in advance if it is a ridiculous one. It's actually a two part question: If the population ...
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Why does planetary spin affect the stability of orbits?

Reading about the Hill Sphere I notice that "the region of stability for retrograde orbits at a large distance from the primary, is larger than the region for prograde orbits at a large distance from ...
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Topic on relativistic celestial mechanics [closed]

I have to do a small 10-15 minutes presentation about celestial mechanics, and I am searching for a topic. As a mathematician my background in physics is not very extensive, but I have some notions ...
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Parallax, obliquity, precession, and Orion?

Today, the obliquity of the earth is about 23.4°. 6500 years ago, it was about 24.1° Imagine the blue square is the constellation of Orion, and the yellow star is the sun. Viewpoint B is you, on ...
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Gravity effects when deleting stars or planets

In one of the latest SCIFI movies, they collect a star absorving it entirely in a kind of planet size gun/machine. As mass cannot disappear, I assume it was just concentrated inside their machine ...
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Elliptical orbit changing as a star's mass increases

I'm studying Kepler's Laws, specifically the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. I know that if the Earth was more massive, the orbit would not be significantly affected. If the Sun was more massive, I ...
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How to calculate angle between two objects in orbit

So I have 2 objects in orbit around the same body, and I have all the orbital elements associated with each body. How do I calculate the angle between them both or figure out when they are a certain ...
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Why do the stars in a binary system, revolve diametrically opposite to each other?

I encountered this question, as I was reading up on Gravity. The author of my textbook says that the stars orbit a common centre which is their center of mass. I somehow think that this fact might ...
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Laplace's method to determine orbits

I am trying to do the second problem by Laplace's method, it is in spanish but the only thing that matters are the asteroid's observations and the coordinates of Earth ...
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Can a planet's orbit around a star be simulated? [closed]

Say I know all parameters like density, size, rotational velocity of a planet, could I predict its orbit around a star where I also know parameters of it? I want to design a simple model of the solar ...
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How to predict the location of a planet at a given time? [closed]

I am trying to create a simple two-dimensional computer simulation of a planetary system. While I've been able to understand Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion, I do not know enough about the formulas ...
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“Falling upward” - how far you have to be from Earth to start falling to the Moon?

Talking about gravity with my 9 y/o she asked when do we start "falling upward" to the Moon. What is the distance at which the Moon's gravitational attraction is higher than that of the Earth and thus ...
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Orbital mechanics: will a satellite crash?

For a satellite given an initial speed and position above a planet, I'd like to know whether it will experience an elliptical, circular, parabolic or hyperbolic trajectory, or crash into the planet. ...
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Gravitational potential of planets

How do you work out the gravitational potential of planets in the solar system? Do orbiting planets have gpe? And what would it be relative to? The equation I know for it is mgh. But what would the ...
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The source of work by gravity force [duplicate]

I learn that any work needs a source of energy, the work of gravity force (like keeping the Moon in the orbit by the Earth gravity force) comes from where? Can we find any mass reduction (transform ...